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The Internet re-imagined

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Last week I enjoyed a webinar with partner company Pantheon by the same title covering strategies during the 2020 Covid-19 crisis. Pantheon is a provider of enterprise-grade developer-operations friendly managed WordPress hosting. Following are my notes. Speakers were: Monty Mullig, President of IfThen Josh Koenig, Co-Founder & Head of Product of Pantheon Abe Brewster, CTO […]

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Smaller Business Trumping Bigger Business

Chalkboard reading: Thank you for shopping local

You must be noticing it too — incompetence has been on the rise in the service industries. Bigger businesses continue to automate customer service and support areas they should not automate and fail to properly automate the mundane workloads that they should be. Employees are more often under trained, under compensated / unprofessional in their […]

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Case Study: Pep Boys Automotive

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I had a pleasant eCommerce experience earlier in the month and thought it’s worthy of sharing. This was not WooCommerce specific, but it makes the case for investment in eCommerce solutions. This workflow could easily be built using the open-source WooCommerce framework. I had been noticing my 7-year old KIA being increasingly sluggish to start. […]

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WooCommerce – The Leading Open eCommerce Framework

UpCity Blog Post September 4 2019 WooCommerce - The Leading Open eCommerce Framework

Check out my blog post WooCommerce – The Leading Open eCommerce Framework featured on UpCity. In this article I discuss where WooCommerce and open-source fits into the overall eCommerce Platform segment and popular proprietary systems. I also discuss community events and some technical tips.

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WordPress WooCommerce Developer Hourly Rate Research

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How much should your developer be charging you? This is a complex question to answer because the range is quite wide and there are many factors that contribute, such as location cost-of-living, skill level, how sharp the developer is and how busy his/her schedule is. I’ll provide you with United States oriented research I’ve come-up with.

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WooCommerce, Skunkworks Edition

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Awhile back I voluntarily moved into a role developing a customized enterprise WooCommerce platform to power a couple dozen properties. I eventually came to understand this as a Skunkworks – a project “developed by a small and loosely structured group of people who research and develop a project primarily for the sake of radical innovation”, Wikipedia. The company did not adopt the solution. It was a categorical failure to them, yet a personal success for me to learn from.